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On our own behalf – The Beer Monopoly on the Forbes List „Best Booze Books of 2017“

We are speechless. Surprised. Humbled. Incredibly grateful. Our book The Beer Monopoly appears on this year`s Forbes List "Best Booze Books". No, no, it`s not the Forbes Rich List. Fat chance of us ever getting on to that one.
The list was compiled by Tara Nurin and can be found here >>


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Posted December 2020 >> podcast


Australia – Breweries in 2020: keeping spirits high

As can be expected, the coronavirus crisis will have impacted brewers’ sales adversely, but insiders are hard pressed to come up with an estimate. Most likely, beer sales will be down in the mid-single digits in 2020, but the decline will probably hit the Big Brewers harder than the independents. No data is available on how international beer brands have fared, but evidence from Coopers suggests that sales of international beer brands, both brewed locally and imported, dropped during the first national lockdown. Also lacking is insight into how supermarkets’ private label brands have performed so far. Read on


Australia – Indie brewers benefit from shifts in people’s drinking habits

2020 may turn into craft brewing’s “lost year”, but Australian craft brewers remain upbeat. They think they are in a “largely strong” position, heading into the antipodean summer, while building on the trends that have emerged since the pandemic broke out. The recent survey by the craft beer retailer Beer Cartel, in which 17,000 Australians took part, shows that there has been a shift in people’s buying habits, which has benefitted craft beer. Read on


Australia – Coopers breweries sees sales rise during lockdown

Adelaide-based Coopers brewery is crediting a consumer trend towards local beer brands, and its shrewd move to more canned products, for a 3.9 percent rise in volume sales in its 2019-20 financial year, ended 30 June. Total beer sales rose to 798,000 hl, up from 768,000 hl the year before, but still down from its record high of 840,000 hl in 2017. Read on


Australia – Bega Cheese buys Kirin’s Australian dairy arm

After having offered its underperforming dairy unit to nearly everyone for two years, Japanese brewer Kirin finally found a buyer: On 26 November 2020 media reported that Kirin will sell its Australian beverage and dairy subsidiary to the local dairy company, Bega Cheese, for USD 412 million. Read on


UK – Camden Town to be fully integrated into AB-InBev’s UK unit

Both Camden Town’s CEO Adam Keary and founder Jasper Cuppaidge will step down from their roles, as the owner, AB-InBev, seeks to restructure the craft brewer and fully integrate it into the wider group. Read on


Germany - Nearly 400 breweries have deferred their excise payments

With beer production declining almost 5 percent in the first ten months of 2020, some 380 breweries have asked the taxman to defer their excise payments until the end of this year. To date, the tax authorities are owed nearly EUR 80 million (USD 96 million) in beer tax. In 2019, Germany’s 1,500 breweries combined paid EUR 617 million (USD 740 million) in excise. Read on

 

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